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     Jan Brett   
    Wednesday, February 12 2003 @ 09:45 AM
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    Jan Brett was born on December 1, 1949 in Hingham, Massachusetts. She went to school at Colby Junior College from 1968-1969 and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in 1970. Today, she lives in the seacoast town of Norwell, Massachusetts, an historic area on the South Shore, and spends her summers in the mountains where she does a lot of work on her books. She writes her own books and also adapts and illustrates folktales. As an illustrator, she does the illustrations of books by other authors as well. For those of us who love her books, we can appreciate the many hours she spends in putting many details in her books. That's important to her, too. It takes her about a year to finish one book.

    Jan Brett loved to draw when she was a child. By the time she was six years old, she knew she wanted to be a children's book illustrator. She was shy as a child and liked to use her drawings as a way to express herself. Her very first book to be published was Fritz and the Beautiful Horses in 1981. She wrote the book and drew the pictures. She loves animals and had many pets when she was a child which she now puts in her books. Most of her books have something to share about animal or nature. She also uses very old folktales from other countries. Although you will find many emotions, such as sadness, in her books, she always gives a hopeful message. In illustrating her books, her trademark is using detailed borders and side panels. She includes lots of details which add to the story in her borders. She has said that these borders and side panels hold her "overflow of thoughts."

    Jan Brett likes to travel with her family. She uses some of her experiences in her writing. She also uses libraries to do research on the things about which she is writing. Her husband, who works at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, also likes to travel with her. He was her inspiration for the book, Berlioz, the Bear.

    Books Written and Illustrated by Jan Brett:

    THE HAT--G.P. Putnam's Sons--1997
    COMET'S NINE LIVES--G.P. Putnam's Sons--1996
    ARMADILLO RODEO--G.P. Putnam's Sons--1995
    CHRISTMAS TROLLS--G P. Putnam's Sons--1993
    TROUBLE WITH TROLLS--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1992
    BERLIOZ THE BEAR--G P. Putnam's Sons--1991
    THE WILD CHRISTMAS REINDEER/a>--G P. Putnam's Sons--1990
    THE FIRST DOG--Harcourt Brace Jovanovich--1988
    ANNIE AND THE WILD ANIMALS--Houghton Mifflin--1985
    FRITZ AND THE BEAUTIFUL HORSES--Houghton Mifflin--1981

    Books Retold and Illustrated by Jan Brett:

    GINGERBREAD BABY--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1999
    TOWN MOUSE, COUNTRY MOUSE--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1994
    THE MITTEN--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1989
    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST--Clarion--1989
    GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1987

    Books Illustrated by Jan Brett:

    THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS--G.P. Putnam's Sons--1998
    THE OWL AND THE CAT--G. P. Putnam's Sons--1991
    THE ENCHANTED BOOK--Harcourt Brace Jovanovich--1987
    THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS--G.P. Putnam's Sons--1986
    SCARY, SCARY HALLOWEEN--Clarion--1986
    MOTHER'S DAY MICE--Clarion--1986
    NOELLE OF THE NUTCRACKER-Houghton Mifflin--1986
    OLD DEVIL IS WAITING--Harcourt Brace Jovanovich--1985
    VALENTINE BEARS--Clarion--1983
    YOUNG MELVIN AND BULGER--Doubleday--1981
    IN THE CASTLE OF CATS--Dutton-1981
    SECRET CLOCKS--Viking Press--1979
    INSIDE A SAND CASTLE--Houghton Mifflin--1979
    WOODLAND CROSSINGS--Atheneum--1978

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